The other day I was asked about why a floral print wasn’t appropriate for a job interview. My answer is to do with how we interpret different prints and patterns, as they say different things to us. Frequently people ask me “what patterns suit me?” and the answer lies in what are your personality traits? Who are you as a person? You’ll discover that you’re more attracted to patterns that are representative of who you are as a person. These will feel the most comfortable. There are plenty of people who aren’t really pattern people, and that’s fine (they tend to fit into the Classic and Relaxed categories below).
Here is my quick guide to interpreting prints and patterns.
1. Classic – fine stripes, small polka dots – conventional, conservative, mature, reliable, trustworthy, safe, secure
2. Relaxed – stripes and checks – down-to-earth, natural, unpretentious, easy-going, approachable
3. Dramatic – big bold patterns, large scale, animal print, high contrast – dynamic, forceful, confident, exciting
4. Elegant chic – geometric, stylised – urbane, cultured, poised, discerning, refined
5. Rebellious – graphics, sayings, leopard – anti-establishment, unconventional, sexy, shocking, defiant
6. Creative - digital prints, wearable art, tie-dye, ethnic, abstract – innovative, individual, edgy, whimsical, bohemian, eclectic
7. Feminine – nature based, floral, butterflies, paisley – unambitious, caring, nurturing, gentle, romantic
Which patterns do you like best? Which appeal to you? Do you appreciate some patterns on other people but realise that you’d feel uncomfortable wearing them? Do you have garments in your wardrobe that are patterned that you never wear? Do you now realise that they’re not related to your personality?